Periyar
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
A haven for rare and indigenous tropical flora & fauna, this Wildlife Sanctuary, nestled in the Southern Western Ghats of Peninsular india, offers an exotic holiday experience to the nature-lover. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, one of India's biggest wild life sanctuaries, is a Tiger Reserve covering an area of 777 sq-km.

Wildlife in the sanctuary include Elephants, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Nilgri Langur, monkeys, Bonnet and Lion-Tailed Macaques, Porcupine, the Gaur, Mouse Deer, bears, wild dogs, civets jackals, flying squirrels, mongoose, pangolin cobra and many others species of wild aminmals.

It's centrepiece, the man-made Periyar Lake at a height of 2000 ft. covers an area of 26 sq.km.

The Periyar Lake
The most convenient way to view wildlife is to take a boat cruise on the lake, the only means of transport within the sanctuary. Boat cruises on the lake take two hours. The morning and evening boat rides usually provide the best chance of viewing animals before they retreat into the jungle.

The Flora
Periyar is a luxuriantly vegetated tract, 75% of which is covered with evergreen and semi-evergreen forests. Moist deciduous forests, grasslands and to a small extent Eucalyptus Plantations make up the rest of the area. Sporadic patches of 'sholas', which are sub tropical mountain forests, occupy the crest and crevices of high altitude tracts, while clusters of bamboo occur along water logged areas.

Periyar is located at Thekkadi, Idukki district. The Thekkady Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1993. It is located at 9deg 15min and 9deg 40min North latitude and 76deg 55min and 77deg 25min East longitude. Forests extends up to 360 Sq.Km.